Future fuels and ultra-clean engines for sustainable transport
The group uses numeric and experimental tools to develop the necessary understanding of new clean and efficient combustion concepts for Heavy-duty engines. We especially target fuels that have a low-carbon footprint in order to mitigate the climate impact. Combustion concept studies are performed on dedicated adapted heavy-duty (truck) engines. These concept studies guide the more detailed numerical and experimental campaigns. A series of special (unique) set-ups are available to study in detail the sub-processes applying advanced (laser) diagnostics techniques. Apart from the deeper level of understanding these provide the results also serve as a benchmark for the numerical models. The numerical models are used to explain the complicated interaction of fuels and emissions observed in the concepts studies especially the effect of future fuels (bio- and e-fuels).
The research is carried out within a consortium; the Zero-Emission Lab. This lab is a formal co-operation between DAF, TNO, Shell, Province Brabant and the TU/e especially to develop clean and efficient concepts for a sustainable transport system. The group also co-operates on a global level and is a well-recognized partner of the Engine Combustion Network (www.sandia.gov/ecn), an international co-operation with world leading institutes like the national laboratories in USA (SNL and ANL), France (IFPen) and universities around the world (USA, Italy, Spain, Australia etc..). Research within the group has been supported by industry, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme (FP6, FP7, H2020).
Meet some of our Researchers
Within the research group Power&Flow, Somers is specialized in the following themes:
Combustion Systems and their Fuels
This theme is connected to the development of smart injection and combustion strategies of future ultra-clean and efficient combustion...
Metal Fuels as dense CO2-free Energy Carriers
This research is concerned with a novel type of fuels: metal powders that have a tremendously high energy density and can act as a major...
Somers is currently working on the following projects:
Pyrolyse Test ground Sothern-Netherlands
STW 14927 HiEff
TBBE118001 Drop-in biofuels via catalytic hydrogenation of pyrolysis oil for application in the marine sector
815259 SmartCHP - Smart and flexible heat and power from biomass derived liquids for small-scale CHP application
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Laser-induced incandescence versus photo-acousticsApplied Physics B: Lasers and Optics (2019)
Constrained optimization of fuel efficiency for RCCI engines9th IFAC International Symposium on Advances in Automotive Control (AAC2019) (2019)
Modelling compression ignition engines by incorporation of the flamelet generated manifolds combustion closureCombustion Theory and Modelling (2019)
Comparative study on the effects of inlet heating, inlet boosting, and double-injection strategy on partially premixed combustionSAE Technical Papers (2019)
Performance and emission studies in a heavy-duty diesel engine fueled with an N-butanol and N-heptane blendSAE Technical Papers (2019)